Ojito Wilderness Trail

Ojito Wilderness Area, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,109ft
Trailhead Elevation5,788ft
Elevation Min/Max5788/5999ft
Elevation Start/End5788/5788ft

Ojito Wilderness Trail

Ojito Wilderness Trail is a hiking trail in Sandoval County, New Mexico. It is within Ojito Wilderness Area. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 5,788 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,109 feet. The Ojito Wilderness Trail parking is near the trailhead. The Hoodoos and Hoodoos attractions and the Ojito Wilderness Overlook viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque (Menasha Ridge Press)
Stephen Ausherman
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"This freeform route follows ridgelines, drainages, and a dirt road to explore the rim and alcoves of an unnamed mesa on the seldomvisited east side of the Ojito Wilderness. If you've explored the Ojito before, you'll find the scenic value of the route described here is (let's be honest) only slightly above average. The truly photogenic terrain is in the vicinity of Bernalallito Mesa, in the southwest corner of the wilderness. The hike begins with a challenge. You're facing 200-foot cliffs with no discernible trails to the top. Several ridges offer a ramp up."
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"New Mexico’s treasure chest of natural features is so full of gaudy baubles that one can easily overlook the smaller gems. The Ojitos Wilderness is such a place, usually passed over by those heading to the nearby, better-known Jemez Mountains. The valley of Comanche Creek is quintessential Valle Vidal, a region defined by open and expansive grasslands, shimmering creeks, and islands of conifer forest. This route follows Comanche Creek 2 miles before climbing to grand views from the mesas above. Near the site of La Belle, a once-thriving gold-mining community near the head of La Belle Creek, the route turns back through a narrows to Comanche Creek. Rumor has it this is the same route taken by Tom Ketchum, one of the last train robbers, when he rode from his hangout in Valle Vidal to Saturday night dances in La Belle, his identity unknown to the local townsfolk. Carrying a map, along with a compass or GPS receiver, will be helpful in navigating this trip."

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Ojito Spring, San Ysidro, Sky Village Northwest, and Sky Village Northeast USGS 7.5-minute quadrangles
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